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BrickLAB Flower Power + Holiday Activity Card Set
BrickLAB Flower Power + Holiday Activity Card Set
BrickLAB Flower Power + Holiday Activity Card Set
BrickLAB Flower Power + Holiday Activity Card Set
BrickLAB Flower Power + Holiday Activity Card Set
BrickLAB Flower Power + Holiday Activity Card Set
BrickLAB Flower Power + Holiday Activity Card Set
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BrickLAB Flower Power + Holiday Activity Card Set

$ 275.00 $ 325.00

Bring the Power of the Flower to Your Students!

Bricks, bricks and even more bricks! Everybody LOVES building bricks. As a powerful teaching tool or for a fun-time break activity, this pack includes over 3,000 vibrant colored bricks to bring the power of the flower to your classroom or after-school program! Completely compatible with all major building systems. Our newest BrickLAB packs are a great way to expand your primary BrickLAB, OR just bring some building fun to your students with these thrilling new colors. The new colors include purple, pink, teal and lime green in addition to more of your favorite BrickLAB primary elements in green, blue, orange, and brown!

Elements include PINK, PURPLE, LIME GREEN AND TEAL 2x2, 2x3, and 2x4s; ORANGE AND BROWN 2X6s; GREEN and BLACK 2x8s; GREEN and BLUE 2x10s; and 8x16 baseplates in WHITE and BLUE!

Package also includes a 10-gallon, classroom-sturdy tub for storage, brick separator and even a nylon mesh bag to facilitate running these flower-powerful manipulatives through the dishwasher after a full week of learning fun!

Holiday Activity Card Set:

The holidays are a magical time of year and the BrickLab Holiday Activity Cards brighten up any educational setting and warm the outside. These cool and stimulating brick builds promote innovation and encourage students to explore their own creativity. 

Designed for Elementary Students, each of the five cards offer one step-by-step build and three additional themed models. In addition, there is a corresponding Teacher Resource card that provides extension activities in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy and a cooperative STEM activity. 


Flower Power up our classroom or after-school program today!!

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Girls Can Build

$ 129.00

Description

Historically, girls have strayed from many of the STEM fields of study and career options. Now, is the time for change! With STEM fields growing faster than any other industry, the gap can be filled with creative and passionate girls. Getting girls excited about these topics at a young age is the answer, and Girls Can Build is the key to change. By using easy-to-use building materials in addition to collaborative activities, Girls Can Build encourages girls to explore, experiment, communicate and problem-solve together.

The Girls Can Build product line comes with 6 one hour segments designed for the primary level grades K-2, as well as 6 one hour segments designed for the secondary level grades 3-5. Each activity of the series uses interest-based learning to develop an understanding of the wide variety of STEM topics. Girls explore urban planning, structural design, physics, math, and storytelling which enables them to gain critical thinking and logical reasoning skills. Envision the possibilities for change with Girls Can Build.

What's Included
  • K-2 Instructor and Student Materials - 6 activities designed to fill one hour segments
  • 3-5 Instructor and Student Materials- 6 activities designed to fill one hour segments
  • Nearly 10,000 durable and brightly colored building pieces for engineering activities
  • Brightly colored and long-lasting Gratnell storage containers for easy clean up and storage
  • Set of Charade Cards that girls will love - See a Sample!
  • Stimulating art supplies
  • Useful Instructor background information
  • Tips for collaboration and discussion
  • Lesson extensions provide diversification of activities as necessary
Grades: K-5
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 13+
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BrickLAB Charade Card Set
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BrickLAB Charade Card Set

$ 8.99

Description
So popular in our camps that we had to put them on the website!  With these building charades cards, children can build with so many awesome things with LEGO or PCS Bricks.  Play charades with your friends or simply build, these cards are a great way to get into building.  The deck comes with 32 builds, 16 easy and 16 hard.  Kids of all ages have a blast when building with PCS Brick Charades.
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BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
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BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets
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BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets

$ 699.00

Description

Bring bricks to your classroom to engage students with exciting Project-Based Learning activities that make learning fun! BrickLAB Core was developed specifically for grades 1-6 and is aligned with variety of national standards to help strengthen Common Core skills like science, math, social studies and literacy (see Alignments tab for more information). Based on the Madeline Hunter Lesson Model, BrickLAB Classroom reinforces knowledge by teaching concepts repetitively in new ways to develop increased neural pathways in each learner's brain, therefore solidifying new concepts.

With over 6,500 bricks, and a printed curriculum book for the instructor The BrickLAB Core set is a rich resource that brings the Common Core to life in your classroom and enables you to teach up to 30 students simultaneously. Improve student’s retention, engagement and test scores by incorporating bricks into the learning process.

By using bricks to encourage hands-on thinking and creativity, students pursue a variety of exciting and diverse topics from habitats, spatial relationships, map building, storytelling and more. Why teach topics like science, math, social studies and literacy in a 2-Dimensional fashion when you can turn all of them into engaging 3-Dimensional projects? Make the change to experiential Project-Based Learning today with PCS Edventures BrickLAB Core set!

Grades: 1-6 (One grade level per purchase, additional grades sold separately)
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+
  • Supports 30 Students
  • 6,540 Building Bricks: 6 different sizes and 8 different colors
  • 45 Base Plates
  • 2-10 Gallon Sterilite Tubs
  • Curriculum Notebook complete with 12 Madeline Hunter style lesson plans: 3 in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy.
  • Aligned to National and Common Core Standards
  • Non-consumable and Durable
Curriculum Topics

 

Alignments

The BrickLAB Classroom set was developed by PCS Edventures to bring Common Core subjects to life for students, and to help teachers improve test scores. It is aligned with standards set by the following education associations: International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The standards laid out by the ITEEA are concerned with technological literacy including how students develop an understanding of what technology is, how it affects the environment, its impact on the human race and the wide array of technologies used in industries today. In a technologically reliant society, the ITEEA stresses 21st Century understanding of the evolution of technology and how it has the ability to shape the future.

The NCTM is a devoted association which developed one of the first rigorous set of standards which emphasizes college and career readiness in the 21st Century. The group realizes the effectiveness of a program is heavily reliant upon careful organization when assessing and teaching students mathematics, and has therefore set forth good practices for teachers, administrators and parents to create a powerful mathematics education.

Focusing on the ten themes of social studies, the NCSS standards have laid out standards to support and teach these themes, which include: 1) culture; 2) time, continuity and change; 3) people, places and environments; 4) individual development and identity; 5) individuals, groups and institutions; 6) power, authority and governance; 7) production, distribution and consumption; 8) science, technology and society; 9) global connections; and 10) civic ideals and practices. The NCSS highlights the importance of what they call “civic competence” and how to instill it in future generations.

Finally, the NCTE has developed a series of Guiding Visions in addition to their list of standards which help all students have the opportunity and resources to develop adequate language skills to be successful in life. The association believes that literacy growth begins before children start school and should be diversified with a mixture of activities beyond reading and writing. Their standards are meant to facilitate innovation and creativity which are essential to teaching and learning Language Arts.

As evident, the standards used to develop BrickLAB Classroom are extensive and subject diverse. It is one of the most sophisticated and versatile educational tools which can be utilized at the elementary and middle school levels.

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BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set
BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set
BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set
BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set
BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set
BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set
BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set
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BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set

$ 729.00

Description

BrickLAB Tech / After-school  Set

Bricks naturally provide students of all ages a platform for creative and innovative thinking, which is why the BrickLAB Tech set is perfect for extracurricular programs which aim to instill a wide range of STEM skills! Bricks provide opportunities for authentic discovery and collaboration, which PCS Edventures has combined with 12 unique units to develop a variety of topics. Designed to correlate with the national standards from the ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association), which promote technological literacy, this series develops a true understanding of what technology is and how it is useful in society. For more information about the ITEEA technological literacy standards and how BrickLAB aligns, check out the alignment tab!

The BrickLAB Tech set is different from the Classroom version because it allows more variation between grade levels. Choose between grades levels however these levels are more for recommendation and can be used at the discretion of individual insturctors to accommodate different learning environments with a variety of student levels. Additionally, each kit comes with enough manipulatives to instruct up to 30 students at once!

The BrickLAB Tech set is the perfect addition to any program seeking to add diversity! The primarily Project-Based Learning curriculum can be used in multiple ways to encourage student growth and creativity, or the bricks can be used in teacher-devised projects--the possibilities are endless with over 6,500 bricks on hand!

Grades: K-4 (One grade level per purchase, additional grades sold separately) 
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 24+

 

Alignments

In the foreword of their document Standards for Technological Literacy, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) describes the need for up and coming generations to have an understanding and appreciation of technology. The ITEEA wrote “we are a nation increasingly dependent on technology. Yet, in spite of this dependence, U.S. society is largely ignorant of the history and fundamental nature of the technology that sustains it. The result is a public that is disengaged from decisions that are helping share its technological future,” (2007). In response to this apparent need for technological literacy in today’s society, The PCS Edventures BrickLAB After-School set was developed specifically around the standards laid out by the ITEEA.

The ITEEA began with a broad definition of what technology is: “technology is how people modify the natural world to suit their own purposes.” From there, they developed a set of age-appropriate standards, which outline what concepts should be instilled to develop a sense of technological understanding as students progress. Additionally, it is apparent that there is a vast difference between what technology education entails versus educational technology. Many schools utilize technology in education, but fail to dive into the origins of technology and how it developed with the human race and continues to evolve with us into the future.

In response to this publication and its findings, PCS Edventures decided to develop a curriculum series which directly addressed the concerns laid out by the ITEEA. The BrickLAB Tech series starts with the scope of technology which leads to understanding the effects on the environment and the impact on society. From there, the series dives into various industries which utilize a variety of technologies such as engineering, energy, manufacturing, construction and more. With engaging Project-Based Learning activities, BrickLAB Tech instills a deep understanding of the world of technology!

To read the entire ITEEA document about technological literacy:

Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Third Edition. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.iteea.org/TAA/PDFs/xstnd.pdf

 Spec Sheet

 

 

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BrickLAB STEM Foundations Set
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BrickLAB STEM Foundations Set

$ 349.00

Description

BrickLAB STEM Foundations is perfect for any educational environment as it was designed to be suitable for classrooms, after-school programs, home school groups and more. By utilizing hands-on projects to explore the foundations of construction engineering, communications, mathematics and physics, which can be purchased separately or as a bundle. Bricks are the perfect manipulative to inspire students in unimaginable ways, making any learning environment an authentic experience for students in grades 3-6.

The projects in the curriculum were built upon Bloom’s Taxonomy to combine educational efficacy with fun, experiential activities. In each series, activities 1 and 2 build comprehensive knowledge, activity 3 provides analysis application and activity 4 wraps up with an evaluation synthesis coupled with an assessment journaling aspect. This series builds multiple neural pathways, to reinforce new concepts and challenge students to use these concepts in new ways. In addition, these engaging activities were developed with the ITEEA standards for technological literacy, which is growing in importance as a 21st Century Skill.

BrickLAB STEM Foundations has been developed using modern research and 21st Century alignments to create a powerful teaching tool that is easy for instructors to start using immediately. Additionally, the STEM Foundations BrickLAB is the perfect starter kit for an instructor that may not know exactly how they want to integrate hands-on manipulatives into their current curriculum. Start experiential learning in your classroom today with BrickLAB STEM Foundations!

 

Grades: 3-6
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 52+

 

Engineering

Students become budding architects in this unit as they explore basic architectural elements like the post and lintel and cantilever. Understanding the basics is extremely important when designing structures, and history is also covered to show how long architecture has been used and why it is integral to the success of a society. Greek temples and Egyptian pyramids are studied for their structural finesse and ability to withstand time. Additionally, proper nomenclature is always used in PCS Edventures curriculum, so architectural terminology is introduced as new concepts are covered. Learn about why architecture continues to grow and develop not only as a science but as an art form with this unique construction engineering unit!

Math

By diving into manipulative-based concepts such as geometry and statistics, students are able to use their hands to get more involved with math! They explore cubes, circles, pi, tesselations, measurement and so much more in this interactive math-filled unit. Correct terminology is also reinforced to aid students with memory recall of math concepts. Whether students enjoy math, or struggle with grasping concepts, the STEM foundations math unit helps students of all abilities see math in a whole new light and mathematics becomes more hands-on than ever before with this engaging unit!

Communications

In an increasingly digital world, communication skills are more important than ever and have become a highly sought after 21st Century Skill. In this unit students must put their current communication skills to the test in order to improve them! Activities require students to follow specific instructions, communicate with precision and use technology to communicate with semaphore and braille systems. One can never have too much experience or practice in the communication arena, so this unit is a beneficial addition to any classroom!

Physics

Force and motion are studied in this unit by giving students the opportunity to experiment with the different types. Newton’s laws of motion, the work formula and the effects of friction are also studied with engaging, experiential activities that would make anyone want to become a physicist! Students are also challenged to examine and relate scientific topics to the world around them using scientific vocabulary, specific to the physical sciences. Get moving and shaking with this exciting unit!

Alignments

In the foreward of their document Standards for Technological Literacy, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) describes the need for up and coming generations to have an understanding and appreciation of technology. The ITEEA wrote “we are a nation increasingly dependent on technology. Yet, in spite of this dependence, U.S. society is largely ignorant of the history and fundamental nature of the technology that sustains it. The result is a public that is disengaged from decisions that are helping share its technological future,” (2007). In response to this apparent need for technological literacy in today’s society, The PCS Edventures BrickLAB STEM Foundations set was developed specifically around the standards laid out by the ITEEA.

The ITEEA began with a broad definition of what technology is: “technology is how people modify the natural world to suit their own purposes.” From there, they developed a set of age-appropriate standards, which outline what concepts should be instilled to develop a sense of technological understanding as students progress. Additionally, it is apparent that there is a vast difference between what technology education entails versus educational technology. Many schools utilize technology in education, but fail to dive into the origins of technology and how it developed with the human race and continues to evolve with us into the future.

In response to this publication and its findings, PCS Edventures decided to develop a curriculum series which directly addressed the concerns laid out by the ITEEA. The BrickLAB STEM Foundation series focuses on recent research which shows that many students learn best from experiential learning. Bricks are utilized to “provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of technology and its value to them and society,” (2007, 19). With engaging Project-Based Learning activities, BrickLAB STEM Foundations instills a deep understanding of the world of technology!

To read the entire ITEEA document about technological literacy:

Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Third Edition. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.iteea.org/TAA/PDFs/xstnd.pdf

What's Included
  • 6,540 Building Bricks: 6 Sizes and 8 Colors
  • 40 Base Plates
  • 2- 10 Gallon Sterilite Storage Tubs
  • 4 Softbound Activity Books: Math, Physics, Communication, Construction Engineering
  • Instructor's Guide
Spec Sheet

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BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum
BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum
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BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum

$ 129.00

Description

Bring bricks to your classroom to engage students with exciting Project-Based Learning activities that make learning fun! BrickLAB Core was developed specifically for grades 1-6 and is aligned with a variety of national standards to help strengthen Common Core skills like science, math, social studies and literacy (see Alignments tab for more information). Based on the Madeline Hunter Lesson Model, BrickLAB Classroom reinforces knowledge by teaching concepts repetitively in new ways to develop increased neural pathways in each learner's brain, therefore solidifying new concepts.

These printed curriculum books for the instructor The BrickLAB Core/Classroom kit are a rich resource that brings the Common Core to life in your classroom and enables you to teach up to 30 students simultaneously. Improve student’s retention, engagement and test scores by incorporating bricks into the learning process. Pair them with BrickLAB Brick Set or perhaps an already existing BrickLAB in your facility!

By using bricks to encourage hands-on thinking and creativity, students pursue a variety of exciting and diverse topics from habitats, spatial relationships, map building, storytelling and more. Why teach topics like science, math, social studies and literacy in a 2-Dimensional fashion when you can turn all of them into engaging 3-Dimensional projects? Make the change to experiential Project-Based Learning today with PCS Edventures BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum!

Grades: 1-6
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+
Alignments

The BrickLAB Classroom set was developed by PCS Edventures to bring Common Core subjects to life for students, and to help teachers improve test scores. It is aligned with standards set by the following education associations: International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The standards laid out by the ITEEA are concerned with technological literacy including how students develop an understanding of what technology is, how it affects the environment, its impact on the human race and the wide array of technologies used in industries today. In a technologically reliant society, the ITEEA stresses 21st Century understanding of the evolution of technology and how it has the ability to shape the future.

The NCTM is a devoted association which developed one of the first rigorous set of standards which emphasizes college and career readiness in the 21st Century. The group realizes the effectiveness of a program is heavily reliant upon careful organization when assessing and teaching students mathematics, and has therefore set forth good practices for teachers, administrators and parents to create a powerful mathematics education.

Focusing on the ten themes of social studies, the NCSS standards have laid out standards to support and teach these themes, which include: 1) culture; 2) time, continuity and change; 3) people, places and environments; 4) individual development and identity; 5) individuals, groups and institutions; 6) power, authority and governance; 7) production, distribution and consumption; 8) science, technology and society; 9) global connections; and 10) civic ideals and practices. The NCSS highlights the importance of what they call “civic competence” and how to instill it in future generations.

Finally, the NCTE has developed a series of Guiding Visions in addition to their list of standards which help all students have the opportunity and resources to develop adequate language skills to be successful in life. The association believes that literacy growth begins before children start school and should be diversified with a mixture of activities beyond reading and writing. Their standards are meant to facilitate innovation and creativity which are essential to teaching and learning Language Arts.

As evident, the standards used to develop BrickLAB Classroom are extensive and subject diverse. It is one of the most sophisticated and versatile educational tools which can be utilized at the elementary and middle school levels. For more information on the following standards lists, visit their websites to read their entire list of alignments.

Sources

National Curriculum Standards for the Social Studies. (2010, September 17). Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/standards

NCTE / IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. (2012, November 1). Retrieved from http://www.ncte.org/standards/ncte-ira

Principals and Standards for School Mathematics. (2000). Retrieved from http://www.nctm.org/Standards-and-Positions/Principles-and-Standards/

Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Third Edition. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.iteea.org/TAA/PDFs/xstnd.pdf

 

Curriculum Topics

 

Spec Sheet

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BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum
BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum
BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum
BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum
BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum
BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum
BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum
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BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum

$ 159.00

Description

Built from the ground up to correlate with National and International technology educational standards from the ITEEA and ISTE, the BrickLAB Tech helps instructors introduce and meet mandated technological literacy standards while simultaneously reinforcing core curriculum topics they are already teaching.

If you already have thousands of  bricks, you can purchase our standards-based curriculum that enables students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through exciting, hands-on projects. Our curriculum is broken out by grade for Grades K-4 and can be used once or twice a week for a 45–60 minute session. Meet technological literacy standards and boost test scores, knowledge, and understanding in science, math and other areas.

Grades: K-4
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 24+
Spec Sheet

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BrickLAB STEM Foundations Curriculum
BrickLAB STEM Foundations Curriculum
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BrickLAB STEM Foundations Curriculum
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BrickLAB STEM Foundations Curriculum

$ 129.00

Description

BrickLAB STEM Foundations is perfect for any educational environment as it was designed to be suitable for classrooms, after-school programs, home school groups and more. By utilizing hands-on projects to explore the foundations of construction engineering, communications, mathematics and physics, which can be purchased separately or as a bundle. Bricks are the perfect manipulative to inspire students in unimaginable ways, making any learning environment an authentic experience for students in grades 3-6.

The projects in the curriculum were built upon Bloom’s Taxonomy to combine educational efficacy with fun, experiential activities. In each series, activities 1 and 2 build comprehensive knowledge, activity 3 provides analysis application and activity 4 wraps up with an evaluation synthesis coupled with an assessment journaling aspect. This series builds multiple neural pathways, to reinforce new concepts and challenge students to use these concepts in new ways. In addition, these engaging activities were developed with the ITEEA standards for technological literacy, which is growing in importance as a 21st Century Skill.

BrickLAB STEM Foundations has been developed using modern research and 21st Century alignments to create a powerful teaching tool that is easy for instructors to start using immediately. Additionally, the STEM Foundations BrickLAB is the perfect starter kit for an instructor that may not know exactly how they want to integrate hands-on manipulatives into their current curriculum. Start experiential learning in your classroom today with BrickLAB STEM Foundations!

 

Grades: 3-6
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 52+
Engineering

Students become budding architects in this unit as they explore basic architectural elements like the post and lintel and cantilever. Understanding the basics is extremely important when designing structures, so some history is also covered to show how long architecture has been used and why it is integral to the success of a society. Greek temples and Egyptian pyramids are studied for their structural finesse and ability to withstand time. Additionally, proper nomenclature is always used in PCS Edventures curriculum, so architectural terminology is introduced as new concepts are covered. Learn about why architecture continues to grow and develop not only as a science but as an art form with this unique construction engineering unit!

Math

By diving into manipulative-based concepts such as geometry and statistics, students are able to use their hands to get more involved with math! They explore cubes, circles, pi, tesselations, measurement and so much more in this interactive math-filled unit. Correct terminology is also reinforced to aid students with memory recall of math concepts. Whether students enjoy math, or struggle with grasping concepts, the STEM foundations math unit helps students of all abilities see math in a whole new light and mathematics becomes more hands-on than ever before with this engaging unit!

Communications

In an increasingly digital world, communication skills are more important than ever and have become a highly sought after 21st Century Skill. In this unit students must put their current communication skills to the test in order to improve them! Activities require students to follow specific instructions, communicate with precision and use technology to communicate with semaphore and braille systems. One can never have too much experience or practice in the communication arena, so this unit is a beneficial addition to any classroom!

Physics

Force and motion are studied in this unit by giving students the opportunity to experiment with the different types. Newton’s laws of motion, the work formula and the effects of friction are also studied with engaging, experiential activities that would make anyone want to become a physicist! Students are also challenged to examine and relate scientific topics to the world around them using scientific vocabulary, specific to the physical sciences. Get moving and shaking with this exciting unit!

Alignments

In the foreward of their document Standards for Technological Literacy, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) describes the need for up and coming generations to have an understanding and appreciation of technology. The ITEEA wrote “we are a nation increasingly dependent on technology. Yet, in spite of this dependence, U.S. society is largely ignorant of the history and fundamental nature of the technology that sustains it. The result is a public that is disengaged from decisions that are helping share its technological future,” (2007). In response to this apparent need for technological literacy in today’s society, The PCS Edventures BrickLAB STEM Foundations set was developed specifically around the standards laid out by the ITEEA.

The ITEEA began with a broad definition of what technology is: “technology is how people modify the natural world to suit their own purposes.” From there, they developed a set of age-appropriate standards, which outline what concepts should be instilled to develop a sense of technological understanding as students progress. Additionally, it is apparent that there is a vast difference between what technology education entails versus educational technology. Many schools utilize technology in education, but fail to dive into the origins of technology and how it developed with the human race and continues to evolve with us into the future.

In response to this publication and its findings, PCS Edventures decided to develop a curriculum series which directly addressed the concerns laid out by the ITEEA. The BrickLAB STEM Foundation series focuses on recent research which shows that many students learn best from experiential learning. Bricks are utilized to “provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of technology and its value to them and society,” (2007, 19). With engaging Project-Based Learning activities, BrickLAB STEM Foundations instills a deep understanding of the world of technology!

To read the entire ITEEA document about technological literacy:

Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Third Edition. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.iteea.org/TAA/PDFs/xstnd.pdf

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Pirate Camp

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Pirate Camp

$ 129.00

Description

It's a Pirate's Life For Me!

From land-lubber to swash-buckler, it’s the pirate’s life for me! Cast-off into the seven seas as students work together to navigate its treacherous depths, engaging in STEM-focused experiments, hands-on design trials and engaging group discussions. Set the scene each day with exciting stories that engage their senses, curiosity and critical thinking skills. Then, the merry bunch of misfits works together with the rest of their crew to accomplish challenging tasks like forging catapults, tying knots and fashioning maps to hidden treasure! In Pirate Camp, action, adventure and discovery await you at every turn!

Digital Download for Pirate Camp only $129.00!

*If you already own an Edventures BrickLAB, the digital curriculum download is a great way to utilize what you already have.  Using your BrickLAB and supplementing with a few additional materials, (seen in the Includes tab) you are ready to get started with your Pirate Camp adventure! Digital download is for Instructor Curriculum only, which includes master copies for all student curriculum sheets.

Grades: 1-3
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+

Curriculum Sample

Recommended Settings:

  • Summer camps
  • Elementary classrooms
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool environments

Training:

  • Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase
Materials Included
  • Half a PCS BrickLAB 
  • Sterilite tub with lid (18 gal) - 1
  • Brick Separator - 1
  • Colored pencils (box of 12) - 5
  • Dry erase markers (pack of 12) - 3
  • Pirate Pockets (heavy duty dry erase page protectors) - 31
  • Roll of yellow Duct Tape - 1
  • Mesh bag (for brick cleaning) - 1
  • Metal washers - 50
  • Modeling clay (1 lb box) - 2
  • Muslin bags - 31
  • Name tags (box of 50) - 1
  • Pencil sharpeners - 5
  • Rope (50 ft, 3/8" nylon) - 1
  • Plastic bins (6 qt) - 5
  • Roll of clear tape - 1
  • Expanding plastic file folder - 1
  • Pirate Camp Instructor Manual - 1
  • Full set of printed student handouts - 74

Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

Curriculum Topics

Lesson Titles:

  1. Becoming a Pirate
  2. Pirate Ship Build
  3. Buoyancy
  4. Tippy Raft Design Challenge
  5. Treasure Maps
  6. Maps and Pacing
  7. Treasure Hunt
  8. Catapults 
  9. Under Siege Design Challenge
  10. Knots 
  11. Sea Shanties 
  12. Fun & Games!

Each Activity Guide Includes:

  • Schedule
  • Opening & Closing Discussion Topics
  • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
  • Topic Background & Vocabulary
  • Materials List
Standards & Alignment 
Next Generation Science Standards

NGSS K-2-ETS1-1 Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
NGSS K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
NGSS 3-5-ETS1-3 Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
NGSS K-2-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
NGSS 2-ESS2-2 Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
NGSS 2-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
NGSS 2-PS1-2 Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.
NGSS 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

Habits of Mind
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  • Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  • Finding Humor
  • Gathering Data Through All Senses
  • Listening and Understanding with Empathy
  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Metacognition
  • Persisting
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  • Striving For Accuracy
  • Taking Responsible Risks
  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity Precision
  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Thinking Interdependently
21st Century Skills
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Information, Media, and Technology Literacy
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Leadership and Responsibility
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
Spec Sheet

About the Author

Beth Schadd

Hailing from Wisconsin, Beth Schadd moved to Idaho in 2008 in search of adventure and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Education from the University of Idaho. As an educator, she has worked with children of all ages in the outdoors and the classroom, as well as coaching various sports.

Beth has developed experiential curriculum for science centers, museums, day camps, and outdoor programs. In 2013, she traveled to China to lead outdoor and adventure camps. Prior to moving to Idaho, Beth worked in labs studying mosquitoes and environmental health, and managed clinical trials. Though she will always be a Cheese Head at heart, she has embraced the great outdoors of the West, enjoying snowshoeing, mountain biking and backpacking, and has become an avid stand up paddleboarder.

BrickLAB Zoo Camp Quick shop
BrickLAB Zoo Camp
BrickLAB Zoo Camp
BrickLAB Zoo Camp
Edventures!

BrickLAB Zoo Camp

$ 129.00

Description

Traverse tricky terrain, shake claws with lobsters and design ecosystems in this life science camp! Discover the diversity of wildlife adaptations, the differences in habitats and what’s necessary for each biome’s survival. Focusing on specific environments, students travel from the sands of the Sahara to the peaks of the Himalayas in search of unique and complex creatures.

Redesigned and improved for 2017, BrickLAB Zoo delivers an engaging, hands-on experience around the Earth’s biospheres and the vital roles animals play in them.



BrickLAB Zoo Digital Curriculum Download only $129.00

*If you already own an Edventures BrickLAB, the digital curriculum download is a great way to utilize what you already have.  Using your BrickLAB and supplementing with a few additional materials, (seen in the Includes tab) you are ready to get started with your BrickLAB Zoo adventure! Digital download is for Instructor Curriculum only, which includes master copies for all student curriculum sheets.

Grades: 1-3
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+

Curriculum Sample

Includes:

  • Curriculum for 12 activities. Each activity can accommodate a 1 hour segment, or can be adjusted for different time blocks
  • Materials for documenting, brainstorming, and reflecting
  • Over 6,500 PCS BrickLAB building manipulatives
  • Storage bin that will last for years!
  • Informational posters with important facts about animals
  • Instructor guide
  • Camp background information
  • Collaboration and discussion tips
  • Lesson extensions for differentiation
  • Activity/ assessment materials

Recommended Settings:

  • Summer camps
  • Elementary classrooms
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool environments

Training:

  • Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase
Materials Included

The camp comes with an Instructor’s Manual, 30 printed sets
of student curriculum pages, and all the supplies needed for
12 days of activities:

  • Sterilite BrickLAB tub (10 gal, for storing bricks) - 2
  • BrickLAB Brick set - over 6500 building bricks
  • Brick separator - 1
  • Dry erase pockets - 30
  • Dry erase markers - 30
  • Mesh bag (for brick cleaning) - 1

    Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

    Curriculum Topics

    Lesson Titles:

    1. The Camel
    2. The Lizard
    3. The Lobster
    4. The Shark
    5. The Crocodile
    6. The Monkey
    7. The Yak
    8. The Puma (Mountain Lion)
    9. The Giraffe
    10. The African (Savanna) Elephant
    11. Brick Zoo
    12. Original Adaptations

    Each Activity Guide Includes:

    • Schedule
    • Opening & Closing Discussion Topics
    • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
    • Topic Background & Vocabulary
    • Materials List
    Standards & Alignment
    Next Generation Science Standards

    NGSS 2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
    NGSS K-2-ETS1-1 Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
    NGSS K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

    Common Core State Standards for Math

    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.NBT.A.1 Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.A.2 Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.D.10 Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NBT.A.2 Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NBT.A.3 Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.A.2 Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l).

    Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

    Habits of Mind
    • Persisting
    • Managing Impulsivity
    • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
    • Striving for Accuracy
    • Questioning and Posing Problems
    • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
    • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
    • Creating, Imagining, Innovating
    • Taking Responsible Risks
    • Thinking Interdependently
    • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
    21st Century Skills
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Communication and Collaboration
    • Flexibility and Adaptability
    • Initiative and Self-Direction
    • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
    • Productivity and Accountability
    Spec Sheet

    BrickLAB Genetics Camp Quick shop
    BrickLAB Genetics Camp
    BrickLAB Genetics Camp
    BrickLAB Genetics Camp
    Edventures!

    BrickLAB Genetics Camp

    $ 129.00

    Description

    If Aunt Irene and Uncle Charles both have blue eyes, could their brand new baby have brown eyes? By the end of this 12-Day camp, students will be equipped to answer questions like these and more as they explore the fascinating world of genetics and heredity. Using PCS BrickLAB as a hands-on tool for demonstration, students build model families to explore the concepts of heredity and construct their own strands of DNA as they delve into the microscopic level of learning.

    Exploring the basics of inheritance, the intricate coding of genes, and the impacts of mutations in DNA transcription illustrates how each form of life is special and distinctive. Students participate in experiential, hands-on activities to apply concepts in tangible ways and gain a more comprehensive view of how these concepts apply to the real world!

    Digital Curriculum Download for BrickLAB Genetics only $129.00!

    *If you already own an Edventures BrickLAB, the digital curriculum download is a great way to utilize what you already have.  Using your BrickLAB and supplementing with a few additional materials, (seen in the Includes tab) you are ready to get started with your BrickLAB Genetics adventure! Digital download is for Instructor Curriculum only, which includes master copies for all student curriculum sheets.

    Grades: 6-8
    Students: Up to 30
    Contact Hours: 12+

    Includes:

    • Curriculum for 12 activities. Each activity can accommodate a 1 hour segment, or can be adjusted for different time blocks.
    • PCS BrickLAB - over 7,000 high quality building bricks
    • Dry Erase Boards and Markers
    • Storage Tub
    • Hidden Instructions Instructor guide
    • Camp background information
    • Collaboration and discussion tips
    • Lesson extensions for differentiation
    • Activity and assessment materials

    Recommended Settings: 

    • Summer camps
    • Elementary classrooms
    • After-school programs
    • Homeschool environments

    Training: 

    • Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
    • One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
    • Additional training available for purchase
    Materials Included
    • BrickLAB Genetics Camp Curriculum - 1 
    • Instructor Guide PDF - 1
    • Student Guide PDF - 15
    • PCS BrickLAB - 1
    • Dry erase pockets - 15 
    • Dry erase markers - 15 
    • Muslin bags - 15 
    • Mesh bag - 1
    • Student activity sheets - 15 

    Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

    Curriculum Topics

    Lesson Titles:

    1. Elicitation
    2. Trait Distribution
    3. Dominant vs. Recessive
    4. What is a Code?
    5. Introduction to DNA Coding
    6. Genes and Heredity
    7. Expanding the Alphabet
    8. The Multi-Tiered Code
    9. The Double Helix

    Each Activity Guide Includes:

    • Materials List
    • Schedule of Activities
    • Topic Background Information & Vocabulary
    • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
    • Opening & Closing Discussion Questions
    • Extension Activities
    Standards & Alignment

    Next Generation Science Standards

    MS-LS3-1 Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.
    MS-LS3-2 Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.

    Habits of Mind

    • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
    • Creating, Imagining, Innovating
    • Gathering Data Through All the Senses
    • Questioning and Posing Problems
    • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
    • Responding with Wonderment and Awe
    • Striving for Accuracy
    • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
    • Thinking Flexibly
    • Thinking Interdependently

    21st Century Skills

    • Communication and Collaboration
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Flexibility and Adaptability
    • Initiative and Self-Direction
    • Productivity and Accountability
    Spec Sheet

    BrickLAB BrickPACK Quick shop
    BrickLAB BrickPACK
    BrickLAB BrickPACK
    BrickLAB BrickPACK
    Edventures!

    BrickLAB BrickPACK

    $ 59.95

    Description

    Already have curriculum in your classroom or after-school program that would benefit from the incorporation of hands-on manipulatives? BrickLAB BrickPACK is the solution for you! With over 6,500 bricks in the pack, over 30 students can be building simultaneously. From bridges, to habitats, to maps and more bricks can be used in almost every subject or activity! Bricks can even make mathematics more tangible for students to understand at a variety of levels.

    In addition, according to the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), “recent research on learning finds that many students learn best in experiential way--by doing rather than only seeing or hearing--and the study of technology emphasized and capitalizes on such active learning,” (2007). More and more instructors are moving towards  hands-on learning and ways to make their lessons increasingly interactive. The most simple and versatile way to make this a reality in your classroom is to purchase the BrickLAB BrickPACK!

    Instantly make your current curriculum regime a hands-on learning experience for every student. Whether you have a wide array of student needs, or not, bricks bring students together to encourage imagination, innovation, collaboration, problem-solving and more. Recommended for students in grades 1-6, the BrickLAB BrickPACK has an unlimited amount of uses! If you are looking for accompanying curriculum, check out the BrickLAB After-school or BrickLAB Classroom sets!

     

    Choose from the classic colors BrickPACK or the vibrant colors!

     

     

    BrickLAB @ Home Quick shop
    BrickLAB @ Home
    Edventures!

    BrickLAB @ Home

    $ 125.00

    Description

    Learn about estimation, Newton’s Laws, descriptive communication and much more with our BrickLab @ home. No matter where you implement the BrickLAB, students enjoy the hands-on activities and unique extension activities found throughout the 16 lesson curriculum.

    Grades K-6

    Includes
  • Over 500 Building Bricks: 6 different sizes and 8 colors
  • 4 Base Plates
  • Storage Container
  • Curriculum Softbound Book complete with 16 Lessons: 1 step-by-step brick builds, 3 extension activities, key terms, discussion starter, and formative assessment
  • Aligned to National Standards
  • Nonconsumable and Durable
  • BrickLAB Activity Cards Quick shop
    BrickLAB Activity Cards
    BrickLAB Activity Cards
    BrickLAB Activity Cards
    Edventures!

    BrickLAB Activity Cards

    $ 19.95

    U.S. History

    When teaching US History, Government, and/or Patriotism, the BrickLab and the US History Activity Cards bring Washington DC to life in your classroom. From the White House to the Mayflower, these fun and challenging brick builds enliven students and promote creative designs for additional builds. 

    Designed for Elementary Students, each of the five cards offer one step-by-step build and three additional themed models. In addition, there is a corresponding Teacher Resource card that provides extension activities in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy and a cooperative STEM activity. 

    Winter/Holiday

    The holidays are a magical time of year and the BrickLab Holiday Activity Cards brighten up any educational setting and warm the outside. These cool and stimulating brick builds promote innovation and encourage students to explore their own creativity. 

    Designed for Elementary Students, each of the five cards offer one step-by-step build and three additional themed models. In addition, there is a corresponding Teacher Resource card that provides extension activities in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy and a cooperative STEM activity. 

    Grades K-4